glen a richter wrote:
Nichol is just around until Phil McRae is ready to take his spot. Throw in Rattie and Jaskin to replace AMac and DP and maybe (big maybe) give Stewart another year if he can demonstrate dedication to not loafing and actually being a two way player the rest of this season and the playoffs. The "Kids" if you will, Oshie, Backes, Pie, Shatty, they're definitely veteran enough that throwing McRae, Rattie and Jaskin into the mix wouldn't make this team too young. Jaskin has taken a big step forward this year, Rattie has put together two solid seasons in Portland. Give them some NHL time this season and go from there moving forward.
Edit: Also do not let Berglund go. He's finally coming into his own. It took some time, but he's taking the next step and I expect in a full 82 gamer next year he'll put up some great numbers.
So...let's arguably say 15 mill next year for Pie (7) Shatty (4 - 4.5) and Bergie (3.5). McRae, Rattie, Jaskin, and resigning Cole is another 5 mill.. that leaves about 2-3 or mill total to fill the other 3 spots. I just don't see Stewart signing anything that will fit in that window.
Like I said...if ownership were willing to stretch another 5 - 6 mill up to 60 million...then I'd be all over it.
Now...if they do move DP and his 3.8 mill a year off the books...that opens up some other revenue as well.
Don't forget, the team still thinks they need a #2 defenseman too and that's probably going to run 4 - 5 mill a year. Of course if they do that you'r got about anywhere from 22 - 25 million (Pie 7, new #2 4.5, Shatty 4.5, Jacks 3.2, Polak 2.8, Cole and your #7) of your 50 - 55 tied up in D alone.
So needless to say...this offseason (and possibly trade deadline) are going to be very - very interesting.
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